Cambodian Opposition Activist’s Wife Hospitalized After Authorities Disperse Protest

The wife of an activist with Cambodia’s banned opposition party was severely injured Friday and several other women were roughed up when security personnel violently dispersed their protest of their husbands’ pre-trial detention in the capital Phnom Penh, according to one of the women.

Seng Chanthorn, the wife of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) activist Sun Thun, was admitted to the hospital after authorities from the city’s Prampi Makara district threw her to the street, causing her to pass out, as they broke up the wives’ weekly “Black Friday” campaign in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, fellow CNRP wife Prum Chantha told RFA’s Khmer Service.

After undergoing an examination, doctors determined that Seng Chanthorn had suffered “internal injuries” during the crackdown, said Prum Chantha, who took part in the protest peacefully demanding the release of the 17 CNRP activists from Prey Sar Prison.

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